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March 29th, 2010
Texas State regents name McCall chancellor finalist


The Texas State University board of regents has named State Rep. Brian McCall as the sole finalist for chancellor of the seven-institution system.

McCall, a Plano Republican who has served in the Legislature since 1991, is president of Dallas-based Westminister Capital Corporation. In the Legislature, he chaired the Calendars committee and served on the Higher Education committee.

“We are honored by Dr. McCall’s interest in leading the Texas State University System as it enters its centennial year; he is a man of great accomplishment,” said board chair Ron Blatchley of Bryan.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University, a Master of Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in the Humanities, Aesthetics from the University of Texas-Dallas. Additionally, he was a visiting post-graduate student in international politics at Oxford University in Oxford, England.

He is the author of Power and the Texas Governor: Connally to Bush, published by the University of Texas Press in 2009.

He is active in business and civic activities in Dallas, serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas-Dallas; as a member of bank and corporate boards; and as founder and chair of The Empowerment Project, Inc., a non-profit organization that has sent over $10 million worth of math and science textbooks to needy students in the Republic of South Africa and raised over $350,000 for children’s health initiatives in North Texas.

By law, a university board of regents may not consider final action or take a vote on the employment of an applicant for chief executive officer of an institution of higher education before 21 days after giving public notice of the name of the finalist being considered.

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